Salieri Pizzeria and Trattoria – Vienna
Salieri Pizzeria and Trattoria
tel: 01/513 86 48
My boyfriend and I were walking in Vienna one evening, checking out an area near the opera where a few beer bars are located, when we decided we were hungry and stumbled upon Salieri. The menu looked good, all the expected Italian fare of a trattoria, so we stepped inside. You step down a few steps into the space, which was open and inviting. The curved ceiling and overall shape of the room allows for pleasant conversation at dinner, without becoming loud even when the room filled completely. We were led to a candlelit table and provided with menus with the English translation.
There were many options, but we wanted to go with pasta as we weren’t terribly hungry (although as it turned out we would stuffed when we left). We started with the bruchetta (which was fine) and the antipasto. The antipasto plate was large, with a nice variety including fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, artichoke, sun dried tomatoes and olives. My plate of tortellini with cream and prosciutto seemed homemade, with enough but not an excessive amount of cream sauce and plentiful prosciutto. Scott’s lasagna was baked perfectly, the top lightly browned and crispy. We tried the Zipfer beer, which I hadn’t had before, and the Weisenbier. The Zipfer was OK, but not very flavorful, while the wheat beer was good, as expected.
We felt this was a great value for the price, costing 39 Euro for the entire meal including two appetizers, two entrees and two beers. The server was excellent, attentive and spoke perfect English. Note: Be prepared to inform the server of the amount you would like to tip when you pay, rather than getting change and leaving it at the table. Americans may find it odd that the server stands waiting while you determine how much to tip, but this is typical.
We were happy with Salieri and were pleased to find it near several bars. We needed to refuel before drinking more – and to get out of the smoke-filled bars for a respite. It’s a casual, affordable restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere.